Setting: Medium four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $28,550.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $28,550.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1203 / 26 / 3.73
Male/Female Ratio: 40:60
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Reformed Church in America
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 81%
Hope College is a private, residential liberal arts college located in downtown Holland, Michigan, United States, a few miles from Lake Michigan. It was opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled. The first freshman college class matriculated in 1862, and Hope received its state charter in 1866.
Historically associated with the Reformed Church in America, it retains a conservative Christian atmosphere. The school's campus—now 125 acres (0.51 km2), adjacent to the downtown commercial district—has been shared with Western Theological Seminary since 1884. The school has about 3,350 undergraduates. John C. Knapp assumed office as 12th President on July 1st, 2013.
The mission of Hope College is to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith.
Hope's motto is taken from Psalm 42:5: "Spera in Deo" ("Hope in God"). The college's emblem is an anchor. This is drawn from a speech made by Albertus van Raalte, the leader of the community, on the occasion of the founding of the Pioneer School in 1851: "This is my anchor of hope for this people in the future," (an allusion to Hebrews 6:19).
The primary-level Pioneer School was later expanded to secondary, and soon after, college level education as Hope College. Van Vleck Hall, which originally housed the Pioneer School, is the oldest building on campus (1858) and now serves as a dormitory. It is the second oldest building in the city. The first freshman college class matriculated in 1862, and Hope received its state charter in 1866. The college admitted its first female students in 1878.
Housing is provided in 11 residence halls, 15 apartment buildings, and 72 houses (called "cottages") that the college owns near the campus. A small percentage of students - mostly juniors, seniors, and Holland residents - live off-campus. The majority of Hope students come from the greater Great Lakes region - in 2012 approximately 90% of the student body comes from the states of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Approximately 92.5% of the student body is white, students from minority backgrounds account for about 6.5% of the student body. Approximately 2% of the student body is international.
James E. Bultman, president of Hope College from 1999 to 2013 Sylvia T. Ceyer, Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Robert Danhof, jurist Martin De Haan, editor of Our Daily Bread devotional Max DePree, writer; industrialist; former CEO of Herman Miller furniture Pete Hoekstra, former U.S. Representative Kevin DeYoung, author, pastor Jim Kaat*, 25-year Major League Baseball pitcher Terri Lynn Land, former Michigan Secretary of State Doc Lavan, 12-year Major League Baseball player Arend Lubbers, president of Grand Valley State University from 1969 to 2001 Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda, founder of Slashdot Rev. Dr. Gregg A. Mast (B.A. 1974), clergyman, president of New Brunswick Theological Seminary (2006 present) Wendell Alverson Miles, federal judge Craig Morford, former United States Deputy Attorney General A. J. Muste, pacifist, labor, and civil rights activist Milton J. Nieuwsma, author, Emmy-winning filmwriter-producer David A. Noebel, Christian writer Clark V. Poling.
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Great Lakes IL IN MI OH WIWebsite: www.hope.eduFinancial aid office website: www.hope.edu/admin/finaidNet price calculator web address: www.hope.edu/admissions/costs-financial-aid-and-scholarships/net-price-calculatorOnline application website: www.hope.edu/admissions/applyAdmission office website: www.hope.edu/admissionsUndergraduate application fee:
$35.00Graduate application fee:
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